Outdoor Education

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Each year, hundreds of students and their teachers from schools across Nebraska participate in hands-on, engaging Outdoor Education programs and experiences at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna and at the State 4-H Camp near Halsey.

Outdoor Education is typically held during the months of September to November and March to May. These programs and experiences:

  • use the outdoors as a stimulus for the appreciation of previously acquired skills, including the areas of reading and language arts, science, mathematics, art, health, physical education and social studies.
  • teach an appreciation, understanding, and awareness of the natural world by studying and interacting with that world.
  • separate kids from their everyday setting in order to give them an opportunity to express new aspects of their personalities, achieve increased self-esteem, and gain a new perspective on how to relate to their peers.

Outdoor Education at Nebraska State 4-H Camp

Length

One-day or residential, overnight program


 

Delivery

Education delivered by State 4-H Camp staff using curriculum designed to use the strength of the setting to bring knowledge to the student in a highly experiential, hands-on format


 

Target

Programs targeted toward students in Kindergarten through 7th grade


 

Additional Activities

Additional Outdoor Education activities offered at State 4-H Camp include:


 

Reservations

Contact Connie Cox at 308-533-2224 to plan your Outdoor Education experience at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp!

Outdoor Education at Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center

Length

One-day or residential, overnight program


 

Delivery

Educational content delivered by your school's teacher(s)


 

Target

Programs targeted toward students in 5th and 6th grade


 

Additional Activities

Additional Outdoor Education activities offered at Eastern 4-H Camp include:


 

Reservations

Contact Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center at 402-332-4496 to plan your Outdoor Education experience at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center!

Educational Standards

Outdoor Education programs and experiences align with the Nebraska Science Standards of encouraging students to:

  • combine scientific processes, the nature of science, and knowledge with scientific reasoning and critical thinking to ask questions by planning, designing, and conducting experiments that lead to the development of explanations and evidence.
Students engage in cooperative learning and character development naturally by participating in Outdoor Education programs and experiences that can be directly applied to their classrooms and can positively affect their school's climate by:
  • giving students practice in developing important virtues, such as responsibility, at the same time they are learning academic material.
  • building community by integrating every student and breaking down barriers.
  • developing communication and perspective-taking skills, the ability to work as part of a team, and the appreciation of others who are different from oneself.

Experience Outdoor Education with Your Students!

To make arrangements for your class to attend an Outdoor Education program:

1. Contact the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center or the Nebraska State 4-H Camp to discuss:

  • scheduling of your visit 
  • customized experiences for your class's Outdoor Education experience
  • food services
  • cost information

2. Make transportation arrangements
3. Distribute information

  • Outdoor Education Letter for Parent/Guardian (coming soon!)
  • School permission slips
  • Health Form
  • What to bring List
  • Other Necessary Information

4. Set up schedule with camp staff
5. Assign groups and/or cabins (if applicable)
6. Prepare name tags (optional, but preferred)
7. Plan educational content (if applicable)